Injury woe for Bilbao's Orbaiz

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Athletic Bilbao and Spain midfielder Pablo Orbaiz will be sidelined for up to eight months after rupturing a ligament in his right knee.

Bilbao:

Athletic Bilbao and Spain midfielder Pablo Orbaiz will be sidelined for up to eight months after rupturing a ligament in his right knee, his club said in a statement on Monday. Orbaiz sustained the injury on Sunday during Bilbao's 2-1 defeat by Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Orbaiz, who already had spent a month sidelined after straining a left knee ligament in October, was removed on a stretcher in the 56th minute. The setback is the latest in a series of serious knee injuries to strike the Primera Liga this season. Valencia's Mario Regueiro, Edu and Jaime Gavilan have been sidelined with the same injury, as well as Atletico Madrid's Martin Petrov and Maxi Rodriguez. Real Madrid's Cicinho, Villarreal's Robert Pires and Deportivo La Coruna's Rodolfo Bodipo are out with similar injuries. Bilbao, which last week appointed Jose Manuel "Mane'' Esnal to succeed fired coach Felix Sarriugarte, is 18th in the 20-team first division with eight points from 13 games following its loss at Madrid.(AP)

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